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Social Care Worker/Autism Practitioner

South Dublin


In Gheel, we focus on supporting individuals with autism through their life journey and enabling them to have fulfilling life experiences, while having autonomy and control over their choices and decisions. Gheel Autism Services provides a wide range of services for adults with autism including day and vocational opportunities, outreach support, and a variety of supported living options. Across our services we consider how each person thinks, learns, and processes information to develop a personalised plan of support. Considering individuals strengths and motivations, we enable people to obtain outcomes that are meaningful to them. Our committed practitioners receive regular training and they are equipped with the knowledge and skills to enable each individual to have positive and meaningful life experiences. All staff are involved in changing the culture of supporting people into a more inclusive, independence-focused style of support – where people are encouraged to be partners in, not recipients of their service delivery.

Are you someone who is interested in a change and trying something unique? Due to the on-going expansion of our service, we currently have the following permanent vacancy on our team based in Dublin South City.


  • Access to Health Insurance
  • Access to Educational Support Scheme
  • Company pension with company contribution (including income protection and death-in-service benefits)
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Paid Maternity & Paternity Leave (dependant on service)
  • Up to 25 days of Annual leave
  • Bike to Work scheme
  • Training and development (CPD)
  • Option to join the Health Service credit union

Social Care Worker/Autism Practitioner in Dublin South City (HSE CHO7 Area) – Full-time, 1.00 WTE, Permanent Contract

Key Information

• The Transition Program is an innovative outreach program where the person receives sessional support in a place of their choosing (home, community, transition office).
• The Supports are provided in a way which is autism informed, incorporates the New Directions Framework for quality supports and are provided through a casework style of delivery where each person supported is allocated one caseworker from the team.
• The provision and resources are aimed at delivering bridging support to people in realising the aspirations they have for their lives in areas such as personal development, education, employment and moving out of the family home.

Our caseworker positions offer the following benefits and opportunities:

• You get to manage your own caseload of people supported and you design the weekly schedule of supports.
• You will receive full training in areas such as autism practice, our low arousal approach, case management, health and safety and more!
• You will gain a broad range of experience as you will get to support at least eight people as part of your caseload using our systems which are all online.
• You will be given your own laptop and phone for work purposes and will be considered a ‘smart worker’ who lone works and is out in the community the majority of the time.
• You will get to take the lead and liaise with various professionals and external agencies such as education providers (colleges, universities etc), employers, housing agencies, multi-disciplinary teams & professionals, families and more!
• You will work 39 hours per week operating on daytime office hours from Monday to Friday.

The people we support have told us that they are looking for applicants who have the following qualities:

• Patience
• Encouraging
• Non-judgemental
• Good Listening Skills
• Understanding
• Supportive
• Open-Minded
• Innovative
• Flexible

Essential Qualifications for this post:

• Level 7 award in Social Care/Studies which will meet the criteria for CORU registration.
• A relevant qualification received outside the state recognised by NARIC as equivalent to the Irish Level 7 award or
• A relevant third level qualification at degree level i.e., social work, psychology, and/or allied health or a post-graduate qualification in Autism Studies

Essential Criteria for this post:

• At least one-year recent experience in the social services sector
• Ability to promote independence – supporting others to learn how – not doing it for them.
• An understanding of the New Directions Model of Service Delivery.
• A full, clean driver’s licence and access to own car for travelling to various locations only (please indicate on cover letter and/or curriculum vitae
• You must be eligible for CORU Registration

Desirable Criteria for this post:

• Experience of supporting individuals with a diagnosis of ASD and knowledge of Autism
• Experience of case management
• Experience of creating pathways to education, employment and housing and supporting people along those pathways.
• Awareness of areas such as mental health, homelessness, addiction, and social disadvantage within the Irish context.

Salary Scale:

• Successful candidates will be paid in line with 2016 HSE revised consolidated Social Care Worker pay scale point 3; €33,325 – point 12; € 44,306 per annum based on working a 39-hour week - annual increments are included.
• The successful post holder will also be eligible for additional remuneration in addition to the aforementioned salary as per the phased pay restoration. process between Section 39 Agencies and the Department of Health.
• There is 25 days/195 hours annual leave per annum for the above position.

To apply for this position please submit your cover letter and up to date CV. Applicants will be shortlisted for interview based on the evidence outlined in their C.V.

The closing date for receipt of all completed applications is Monday, 22nd of July 2024 at 5pm.

Late applications will not be accepted. Interviews will take place shortly thereafter.

A panel may be formed from which future vacancies may be filled.

Garda Vetting is a requirement of the recruitment process.